violin

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See also: Violin and violín

English[edit]

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A violin

Etymology[edit]

From Italian violino (little viola), from viola + -ino (forming diminutives)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌvaɪəˈlɪn/, [ˌvaɪ̯ɪ̈ˈlɪn]
  • (New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˌvɑeˈlɘn/, /ˌvɑe.ɘˈlɘn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪn

Noun[edit]

violin (plural violins)

  1. A small unfretted stringed instrument with four strings tuned (lowest to highest) G-D-A-E, usually held against the chin and played with a bow.
    When I play it like this, it's a fiddle; when I play it like this, it's a violin.
  2. (inexact, sometimes proscribed) Any instrument of the violin family, always inclusive of violins, violas, and cellos and sometimes further including the double bass.
    The string quartet, one of the most popular groupings in chamber music, is composed entirely of violins: two violins proper, one viola, and one cello.
  3. (music, metonymically) The position of a violinist in an orchestra or group.
    The first violin often plays the lead melody lines in a string quartet.

Usage notes[edit]

The distinction between violins and fiddles is typically contextual and cultural. The same instrument is considered a violin when playing classical music in formal settings, a fiddle when playing folk or country music, and variously described in other settings (such as jazz and rock) depending whichever term seems more appropriate to the speaker.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Japanese: バイオリン (baiorin)
  • Korean: 바이올린 (baiollin)

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Verb[edit]

violin (third-person singular simple present violins, present participle violining, simple past and past participle violined)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To play on, or as if on, a violin.

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violin

  1. third-person plural present subjunctive form of violar
  2. third-person plural imperative form of violar

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian violino, diminutive form of viola with diminutive suffix -ino.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /violiːn/, [vioˈliːˀn]
  • Rhymes: -in

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violin c (singular definite violinen, plural indefinite violiner)

  1. violin

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violin m (plural violin)

  1. violin